The 2017 Recipients

The 2017 recipients of the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant are Mark Beyer of Albuquerque, NM; Deborah Salt of Topanga, CA; and Shinji Turner-Yamamoto of Cincinnati, OH. In addition to cash grants of $10,000 each, they’ll have a group exhibition at PAAM in the fall of 2018.

Just under 400 applicants, who hailed from 36 states as well as three foreign countries. Applicants ranged in age from 45 to 83 and were 64% female and 36% male.

From the Artists

Writes Shinji Turner- Yamamoto in reference to his Sidereal Silence painting series:

“Working outdoors on raw cotton canvas using nikawa tempera (glue tempera) technique with handmade pigments from 450 million year old Ohio Ordovician fossil dust, turf ash (a young fossil material) and mica, I made over fifty paintings that present a manifestation of the strata of time, a submission to the elements, and a yielding of artistic control. The weathered canvases took on a skin-like, nearly tanned quality. In these paintings which could have been created nowhere else, the conversation with nature intones layers of sediment and stone, the fall of rain, the path of the wind, and the swath of the haze of the Milky Way.”

Deborah Salt, on her series of untitled large-scale acrylic on canvas works:

“By applying about fourteen layers of monochromatic pigment to the sides of the canvas I catalyze an interaction between the ambient light, the viewer’s perception, and the work itself thereby destabilizing any sense of a fixed image in favor of a dynamic of shifting relationships…and the fascination for me continues to push the boundaries of what a painting can be and how it is perceived.”

Mark Beyer on his artistic career:

“I am a self-taught artist but have been making work for four decades. Though I am primarily known in the underground comic world and much of my work has been distributed in newspapers, comic books and via animation, I am a painter.”


About the Jurors

Erin Elder is an independent curator of contemporary art guided by interests in land use, experimental collaboration, and non-traditional modes of expression. From 2012 – 2015, she was the Visual Arts Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, where she curated 50+ exhibitions and many public programs. She is contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and works with the Rural Environments Field School at University of Colorado. With an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and 15 years of experience in the art world, Erin recently launched Gibbous, a consulting service that supports committed artists at pivotal moments in their careers.

Alex Jovanovich is an artist and writer who lives in the Bronx, New York. Recent exhibitions include “Ilinka” at The Suburban in Milwaukee; “Going Home,” curated by David Rimanelli, at 43 Fifth Avenue/Bortolami in New York; “Prologue” at pilot projects in Philadelphia; “Making a Scene: Objects for Performance” at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design; “The Nothing That Is” at the CAM Raleigh; “Inside the Episode,” curated by Jack Pierson, at Launch F18 in New York; and “Tomorrow’s Man,” also curated by Jack Pierson, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg and Paris. A selection of his work was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial as well. He has held administrative and teaching positions at NYU Steinhardt, and is currently an associate editor at

Jennifer Samet, Ph.D. is a New York-based art historian, curator, and writer. She completed her dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center on Painterly Representation in New York: 1945-1975. She has lectured at universities across the country on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art.” She curated major historical exhibitions on Jane Street Group, the history of the New York Studio School, and “Reconfiguring the New York School.” She is particularly interested in the voice of the artist, and has published numerous interviews with painters.